We are Sisterhood. Fresh and seasoned. Partnered and flying solo. A link in the chain. Networking, nurturing, learning, sustaining.

Please join us in our mission to perpetuate and transmit the ethics and values of Conservative / Masorti Judaism through education, social action, ritual and spirituality. We strive to foster a sense of communal responsibility and sisterhood, and to reinforce the bonds of our members with our synagogue, Israel, and Jews worldwide.

Welcome to Sisterhood!

We look forward to your participation, friendship and ideas.

Sisterhood President,
Miriam Rosenthal



Sisterhood Opening Event for 5778
Joan Nathan discusses her new cookbook, “King Solomon’s Table”

Sunday, November 12 Please Register Here
Discussion at 10:00am (no charge), followed by catered luncheon at 11:00am (ticket fees, below)

Come for the book chat, stay for the lunch!  Join the women of the Adas Israel Sisterhood for our opening event, a book chat starting at 10 am in the Rose Ruth Freudberg Sisterhood Library with celebrated cookbook author — and longtime Adas Israel member — Joan Nathan.  Joan will discuss her successful new book, “King Solomon’s Table,” and will be available to sign copies (for sale by cash or check).
After we hear from Joan, take a seat at King Solomon’s Table!  The Sisterhood will host a luncheon (catered by Moti’s) of selected recipes from Joan’s cookbook.  The luncheon will be held in the Kay Hall from 11 am until noon.  
Tickets start at $10.00 for Sisterhood members, $12.00 for non-members, and $15.00 at the door.
If you join Sisterhood at the Woman of Valor level ($120) by November 1st, the book is free and will be available for pickup at the event.
Contact Co-VP’s of Sisterhood for Programming and Education, Jodi Ochstein or Susan Winberg with questions.

Ongoing Activities

Sisterhood Cares
Marking simchas and milestones; comforting those suffering illness or loss.,,

Sisterhood in your Neighborhood Brunches
Back by popular demand! Volunteer to host and plan to attend.

Thursday Night Minyan, 6 pm, in the Biran Beit Midrash
Help Sisterhood to make a minyan so mourners can say Kaddish at Adas.

Torah Fund
Preserving, promoting, and perpetuating Conservative / Masorti Judaism.

Upcoming Programs and Events
[events held at Adas Israel unless otherwise noted]

Guided museum tour for Sisterhood!
Sunday, November 5 @ 1 pm Register Here
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW.
Inside the Dinner Party’s Studio

Join the Adas Israel Sisterhood for a guided tour of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and an inside look at the process used by the iconic Jewish artist Judy Chicago in her monumental and radical work The Dinner Party. We will explore, through archives, documentation, and film, one of the most well-known artworks of the 20th century, famous for confronting the erasure of women from history by using elaborate research, craft, and presentation. The extraordinary complexity of The Dinner Party’ s process is illustrated through test objects, designs, documentation, and revealing behind-the-scenes footage shot by filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas. Join with us and bear witness to the historic record of this unique creation process, from nascent ideas in a sketch book to test plates and a textile template.

Tickets are $6 for Sisterhood members and their guests. Sisterhood contacts are Jodi Ochstein and Susan Winberg.

Sisterhood Knits, Sews, Crafts Register Here
Wednesdays, Nov 15, Dec 20, Janu 17, 7:30-9pm, Youth Lounge.

Sisterhood Works from Home Register Here
Contact June Kress at, off-site, RSVP required.

Weekday Torah with Sisterhood
Text-based discussions led by a rotation of rabbis and scholars, starting Sept. 12, 2017, at 10:00 am, and continuing once a month on Tuesdays through June 12, 2018, in the Biran Beit Midrash.

Mah Jongg Register Here
Thursdays at 1:00 pm, resuming Oct. 19, 2017.

Adas Israel Book Club
Book Club begins Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at 10:15 am with a discussion of All Who Go do Not Return by Shulem Deen. In partnership with the Library Committee.

Sisterhood-Wide Opening Event
Nov. 12 Joan Nathan discusses her new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table. Discussion at 10 am, followed by catered luncheon at 11 am.,

Jewelry-Making for Chanukah Register Here
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 12:30 pm- 2 pm.

Sisterhood Gift Wraps at Politics & Prose
Sunday, Dec. 10 From 10:00am – 8:00pm in 2-hour shifts, for a good cause

Each year, Sisterhood volunteers for an entire day of gift-wrapping at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in the 5000 block of Connecticut Avenue. The suggested donation by customers is $1 per book, and the proceeds go to The Washington Literacy Center, which teaches adults to read. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please call or e-mail Carol Ansell (202-362-4433,, if you can spare a couple of hours on Sunday, Dec. 10.  It’s a wonderful mitzvah and a lot of fun!

A Woman and her Genome: 
What every Jewish Woman should know about her Genetic Make-up
Register Here
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Sisterhood Shabbat
Mark your calendar for March 9 – 10, 2018. Sponsored by the Mozelle Saltz Fund for Sisterhood Speakers.

Sisterhood Goes to the Movies, May 2018
in conjunction with the DCJCC Film Festival.

Adas Israel supports the Women's League for Conservative Judaism Torah Fund Campaign

Click here for information on the Torah Fund campaign
or to make your pledge today.
Click here to view or purchase beautiful Torah Fund life cycle
and greeting cards all year round.



Thank-Yous for 2016-2017 Adas Sisterhood’s Eventful Year

At the Sisterhood closing event June 11, 2017, Co-president Miriam Rosenthal toasted the many members who contributed to the year of success we all enjoyed. Here are her remarks:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you all for a memorable year.  I want to take this opportunity to recap the year and acknowledge individual contributions.

Todah rabah —thank you very much–to everyone involved with Sisterhood Shabbat. Julie Weisman was the brains and driving force behind the Friday night program, “Miriam’s Appeal,” featuring local judges and the Adas Israel Ma’alot high school students.  Miriam’s Appeal was the crown jewel of Sisterhood events ever.  And let me recognize Marcy Feuerstein, April Rubin, Betsy Strauss, Kinney Zalesne, as well as June Kress, who was instrumental in involving our Judges; Leah Hadad for organizing the delicious Sisterhood Shabbat luncheon; Rabbi Gilah Langer for hosting our scholar; Sarah Brooks for playing chauffeur; and our volunteer teachers Norman Shore, Debra Benator, Shalom Flank, Ian Gershengorn, Kurt Jacobs, Sheldon Kimmel, and Betsy Strauss. 

Todah rabah to Donald Saltz, our chaver extraordinaire, who, among other things underwrites Sisterhood Shabbat.  And to Lucy Hassell for organizing our appreciation luncheon for him, which doubled as a wonderful excuse to enjoy each other’s company.  And also thank you to Lucy and her volunteers for taking on the joint Sisterhood-Hesed Committee distribution of bags with Shabbat supplies to families of the recently bereaved.

Todah rabah to June Kress who organized the Membership mailing and chaired both Sisterhood Shabbat and the Nominating Committee, which worked tirelessly to put together a strong slate with whom I’m looking forward to working with this coming year.  Her dedicated committee included Dena Bauman, Marilyn Cooper, Jill Jacob, and Joyce Stern.

Todah rabah to Susan Winberg who is instrumental in all of our programming. She makes sure an event like the one featuring Arlette Jassel’s coloring book happens and that they are pulled off with elegance and grace. And thank you to Arlette for sharing your singular artistic talents with us.

Todah rabah to Nechama Masliansky who has streamlined the communication process, creates great copy for the Sisterhood page in the Adas Israel Chronicle, and sees to it that Sisterhood programs are featured in all synagogue communications.

Todah rabah to Dava Berkman, our treasurer, who takes care of our books.  I’m happy to announce we got a clean audit.

Todah rabah to Joyce Stern, the “face” of Sisterhood.  Over her tenure as corresponding secretary, she’s written over 100 cards to Sisterhood members and their families whether it be one of condolence,  refuah shelaymah  (a speedy recovery), or a mazel tov.

Todah rabah to Alisa Abrams, our Torah Fund Chair.  I’m so proud that we encourage tzedaka for such a worthy cause—supporting Jewish seminary education.

Todah rabah to Marilyn Cooper for spearheading Weekday Torah with Sisterhood each month.  She’s put together an impressive lineup of volunteer teachers.

Todah rabah to Barbara Friedell, fresh from Chicago, who formed a Sisterhood weekly mah jongg group.

Todah rabah to past president Lisa Kleine—for her invaluable wisdom; to Helen Kramer for chairing “Sisterhood Goes to the Movies”—it was Exceptional; to Judy Melamed for organizing our sizable contingent to Seaboard Region’s Vashti’s Banquet; to Carol Ansell for the Sisterhood holiday gift wrap at Politics and Prose; to Dena Bauman for writing Chronicle articles about some Sisterhood Miriams—myself and Miriam Gusevich, and to the volunteers who check us in at events and hand out programs.

Todah rabah to Susan Barocas for catering our Sisterhood events and sharing her knowledge of Sephardic Rosh Hashanah food at the opening event, which Helen Kramer beautifully described in her Chronicle article.  And to Miriam Isaacs, our gratitude for her Russian-themed closing event—interweaving poignant memoirs, poetry, and song.

Todah rabah to Linda Yitzchak, our programming co-chair, who has opened up our programming to the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and opens up our hearts with her davening.  We wish all the best to her in her next chapter of life as she and Razi make aliyah to be close to their son and family in Israel.

L’dor va dor–From generation to generation.  Mazel tov to Rita Segerman on organizing the lobby display of the Sisterhood family chuppah, embroidered with the names of those who have stood under it. A Shavuot aliyah honored her and the Sisterhood members who made the chuppah and the beautiful needlepoint tapestry that was also featured in the lobby.

Also mazel tov to Jean Bernard, this year’s Yad Hakavod recipient.  Jean, Sisterhood is immensely proud of you! Jean, along with her team of managers, Diane Keller and Susan Winberg, and their myriad of volunteers, runs the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Todah rabah.  Proceeds from the gift shop are donated each year to the synagogue.

And a big thank-you to our Adas Israel clergy, professional and custodial staff upon whom we always rely.

And last but not least, I wish to thank co-president Marcy Feuerstein, my mentor, friend, and sounding board.  Todah rabah for all of your hard work and mazel tov on your successful tenure as Sisterhood president for two years and co-president with me this past year.   To show our appreciation, we’d like to present you with a gift, Designing Home:  Jews and Mid-century Modernism–wrapped by Carol Ansell.

Thank you, everyone!”

Adas Israel Sisterhood Board and Officers 2017-2018

Executive Committee/Officers

President: Miriam Rosenthal 
Corresponding Secretary: Jill Jacob
Recording Secretary: Joyce Stern
Treasurer: Dava Berkman
VP for Communications: Nechama Masliansky 
Co-VPs for Education/Programming: Susan Winberg and Jodi Ochstein
VP for Membership: June Kress
Parliamentarian: Helen Kramer
Gift Shop Co-Managers: Jean Bernard, Diane Keller, and Susan Winberg
Immediate Past President: Marcia (Marcy) Feuerstein 

General Board

Carol Ansell, Dena Bauman, Sarah Brooks, Carmel Chiswick, Marian Fox, Barbara Friedell, Leah Hadad, Judith Heumann, Susan Klein, Arlette Jassell, Deborah Joseph, Myra Promisel, Rhoda Ritzenberg, April Rubin, Pamela Sislen, Elinor Tattar, and Nancy Weiss

Ex-Officio Members of the General Board:

Rabbi Penina Alexander, Cantor Arianne Brown, Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Naomi Malka, Rabbi Emerita Avis Miller, Heather Polonsky, Rabbi Kerrith Rosenbaum, and Rabbi Eliana Yolkut


Join Sisterhood or Renew your Membership Today! 

There are two easy ways to join or to renew your Adas Sisterhood membership:

Pay using a major credit card (a small processing fee will be charged). You will receive an immediate acknowledgement indicating that the transaction has gone through. Please note that we can no longer accept payment of Sisterhood dues through your Adas account.

Or send a check, made payable to Adas Israel Sisterhood, to the Sisterhood Treasurer, Dava Berkman, 2475 Virginia Avenue, NW, #803, Washington, DC 20037.

Membership levels include: Woman of Valor (Ruby)-$120*; Chavera  (Friend) – $80, Sister-$40, Other-$___. Note that new  Adas members will receive a one-year complimentary membership to Sisterhood and will also receive a 10% discount on their initial purchase at the Sisterhood Gift Shop.

*Join by November 1st at the Woman of Valor ($120) membership level and receive a copy of King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan. Your cookbook will be available at Sisterhood’s opening event on November 12.

Miriam Rosenthal

Adas Israel Sisterhood embraces women of all ages and stages of life. It provides opportunities to learn, deepen spirituality and personal Jewish growth, do mitzvot and network. From one-on-one experiences, to small group activities, to large-scale events, there is something of interest for everyone.

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Sisterhood Shabbat: A Letter of Appreciation from Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Dear Sisterhood members,

I didn’t want to let another day go by without expressing my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you for Sisterhood Shabbat. Every aspect of the Shabbat, from beginning to end, was beautiful and inspiring. The adjudicated teen debate was awesome, sweet, brilliant, funny, educational, and all around wonderful. I keep hearing from people how extraordinary that event was. What a wonderful way to capture the spirit of Sisterhood for future generations!

Shabbat morning was a celebration of not only our Sisterhood members in prayer and leyning leadership, but of the role of Jewish women in general. As I said on Shabbat, in this day and age, our people and all the world needs the strength of women more than ever to bring us to higher levels of justice and goodness. 

Thank you for doing all that you do to raise the level of holiness of our congregation!

L’Shalom u’vrachah,

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Sisterhood operates the beautiful

Ruth & Simon Albert
Sisterhood Gift & Judaica Shop

Every purchase benefits
Adas Israel Congregation!

10% discount for initial purchase by new Sisterhood members